ReidRide raises money to buy shoes for local children

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Participants in ReidRide 13 gather at the start of the event on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.
Participants in ReidRide 13 gather at the start of the event on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.

RICHMOND, Ind. — Whether riding 30 miles, 15 miles or 8 miles, ReidRide bicyclists help provide shoes for area children.

The annual ReidRide will be Aug. 20, according to a news release. Check in begins at 7 a.m. and riding begins at 8 a.m. at Reid Health, 1100 Reid Parkway.

Register to ride or simply provide a donation at reidhealthfoundation.org/reidride/register-donate. Children up to 12th grade ride free with an adult entry. Proceeds benefit Reid Health's Shoes for Kids program that has provided more than 20,000 pairs of shoes.

"We work each year to make this one of the safest rides around," said Reid Health Foundation Director Megan Broeker. "We want to give our riders a great experience on the route and a fun atmosphere on campus when they return."

This year's ride has three route options that utilize Richmond and Wayne County roads as well as the Cardinal Greenway. There's the new 30-mile route, the regular 15-mile course or a family friendly 8-mile ride.

Nearly 7,000 participants have biked more than 122,000 miles since 2009 as the event has raised $400,000 in corporate partnerships and $318,917 in registrations and donations. ReidRide partners with local agencies such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Amigos, Girls Inc. and the Common Good of Preble County. Every $20 raised provides a pair of shoes for a local child.

EMS professionals and first responders are positioned along all routes to provide safe riding conditions.

"We're grateful for the partnership we have with area fire departments, EMS, and police departments," Broeker said. "Each year, we hear about how safe our riders feel along the route. That's a testament to the departments' dedication and help with ReidRide."

This article originally appeared on Richmond Palladium-Item: ReidRide raises money to buy shoes for local children